Long Sutton Ladies' Jess Burton and Hannah Baker net while Jemima Dodd takes match award vs Cambridge Nomads at Peele School
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After last week’s draw, Long Sutton Ladies won at the Peele School pitch.
The game-plan was similar to last week which was to play hard, fast combative hockey in defence while using the flanks and pace in attack.
The only change saw Katie Collingwood-Smith come in for Gemma Parr.
With injuries hampering two key players, game management would be key. The plan couldn’t have gone better as Sutton controlled this period.
Quick passing between the midfield and forwards led to an early short corner but it wasn’t converted.
Slick passing between Connie and Emmy Gittins pierced the Nomads D and a slipped ball across left Jess Burton to ghost in and slot home for close range for her first goal of the season.
Time after time MoM Jemima Dodd, Jess Burton, Katie Collingwood-Smith and the Gittins twins were devastating in passing with pace and accuracy to bypass any attempted tackle. This, along with the strong running of forward Hannah Baker, created numerous chances.
Four minutes before half-time the second short corner of the game was stopped and struck in by Connie Gittins which gave the keeper no chance.
From the restart, before half-time a short corner was conceded and a smart routine allowed the injector to sweep in from the left-hand side.
After the break Hannah Baker rounded off an impressive game with her first goal of the season. With an injury to players on either side Sutton saw out the game.
PoM: Jemima Dodd.
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Long Sutton had an arduous journey across three counties to the east coast with a squad of 12, still missing two key players through injury.
However the game did see the return of Dan Oldfield from his impressive cricket season, scoring 1,000 runs in the manner of a likeable Steve Smith, and the competitive debut of Mckenzie East.
The game was played on the water based pitch with its electronic scoreboard.
After eight minutes Harleston scored a well worked goal. A couple of minutes later a lost ball in midfield ended up with the score being 2-0.
Sutton fought back bravely but lost despite MoM Josh Baker’s hat-trick.